Essay/Term paper: Frankenstein
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It has been questioned by people,
honored by people and revered since the beginning of time.
Yet even today not one person can say what is morally right.
It is a matter of opinion. It was Dr. Victor Frankenstein's
opinion that it was alright to create a "monster".
Frankenstein's creation needed a companion. Knowing that
his first creation was evil should the doctor make a second?
With the knowledge at hand, to Dr. Frankenstein, it is not at
all morally correct to bring another monster into the world.
Looking at this probelm with his family in mind, the doctor
begins his work on the second monster. The first monster
threatened Frankenstein and even his family. The monster
angrily said to Frankenstein, "I can make you so wretched."
(pg. 162) Trying to scare Frankenstein for not creating his
mate the monster resorted to threats. If the good doctor
does create a companion for his first creation he may be
endangering others. "The miserable monster whom I had
created," (pg.152) says Victor upon looking back at his
work. If there is another monster there will be twice the
power and possibly twice the evil, which could hurt or kill his
family. When and if Frankenstein commits the moral sin of
creating another monster he may be rid of both monsters
forever. "With the companion you bestow I will quit the
neighbourhood of man,"(pg 142) promises the morally
corrupt monster to the doctor upon the completion of his
partner. When the doctor, if and when he, finished his first
creation's mate there is a chance that the monsters will not
keep their promise and stay in Europe envoking fear into
townfolk. The good doctor, trying to act morally, destroys
the monster for the good of the world. The monsters can
potentially take over whatever they please. "A race of devils
would be propegated,"(pg. 163) thinks Frankenstein to
himself in his study. The monsters, if powerful enough, could
possibly take over Europe. Frankenstein realizes that he can
not possibly doom the world to benefit himself. "Shall I, in
coold blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon.."(pg. 162)
argues Frankenstein with his creation. It is not morally right
for one person to unleash such a terror on the world to
benefit only himself and his family. Frankenstein will not let
any example change his mind on the point that the monster is
and will always be morally corupt. Continuing on his point
that the monster was too evil to duplicate, Frankenstein says,
"Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness;
but they confirm me in determination of not creating you a
companion in vice."( pg. 163) Frankenstein will not sacrifice
his morallity because of persuation from a monster. Although
beholding the threat of death and misery Frankenstein held
his ground and did not sacrifice his moral. When and if
Frankenstein creates another monster he can not feel as if he
has done the morally right thing. From creating the monster
Frankenstein will some how be making people other than
himself unhappy. " I consent to your demand, on your solem
oath to quite Europe forever, and every other place in the
neighbourhood of man,"(pg. 143) says Frankenstein as he
sees the power that the two could possibly possess. The
good doctor sees that with his own hands he could possibly
scar the world forever. The doctor wants, if anyone, himself
to be unhappy instead of all of man kind. "Begone! I do
break my promise," (pg. 162) states the doctor angrily. Not
thinking about himself but the world unselfishly breaks his
promise to the monster. Possessing such a great mind the
doctor is able to realize that a greater evil will be realesed
upon the earth then upon himself. "Your threats cannot move
me to do an act of wickedness,"(pg. 162) says the doctor as
he argues his point with his creation. The doctor sees that a
greater and more horrible result can come from him making
the second monster than not. With the knowledge at hand,
to Dr.Frankenstein, it is not at all morally correct to bring
another monster into the world. On the one hand if the
second monster was created Frankenstein's family would be
saved. By the same token the rest of the world could be
forced to bow before two hideous monsters. The problem,
making or not making the second monster, played heavily on
Frankenstein's mind, possibly caused his brief lapse into the
realm of the insane. Even though Frankenstein began his
work for the good of man his experiment ended up hurting
himself and his family.
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